Right to Equality | Section – 18 Abolition of Titles: citizens awake. The right to equality is an important right enshrined in Articles 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Constitution of India. It is the primary foundation for all other rights and freedoms and guarantees.
Following section 14, 15, 16,17 we will see about section 18 today.
Article 18 :
Abolition of Titles:
Article 18 of the constitution prohibits the State from conferring any titles. “Citizens of India cannot accept titles from a foreign State. The British government had created an aristocratic class known as Rai Bahadurs and Khan Bahadurs in India – these titles were also abolished. However, Military and academic distinctions can be conferred on the citizens of India. The awards of Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan cannot be used by the recipient as a title and do not, accordingly, come within the constitutional prohibition”. The Supreme Court, on 15 December 1995, upheld the validity of such awards.